Catherine A. Novelli

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Catherine Ann Novelli
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Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
In office
April 22, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRobert Hormats
Personal details
Born1957 (age 61–62)
Spouse(s)David J. Apol
Alma materTufts University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of London

Catherine Ann Novelli (born 1957) is president of Listening for America, a non-profit organization in international trade policy. [1] She was formerly a U.S. diplomat who served as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the U.S. Department of State from 2014 to 2017. She was also the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for International Information Technology Diplomacy.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Novelli is a graduate of Tufts University, holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Laws from the University of London (with concentrations in international and comparative law at the London School of Economics and School of Oriental and Asian Studies).[2]


Novelli served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Mediterranean from 1991 to 2005.[2] She then served as Vice-President of Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple, Inc. from 2005 to 2013.[2]

President Barack Obama nominated Novelli as Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on September 24, 2013.[3] Novelli was sworn in on February 18, 2014.[2][4]

In 2015, President Obama unsuccesfully nominated Novelli to be United States Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Her nomination expired with the income of a new Congress in January 2017.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Novelli is married to David J. Apol, who is the acting Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics. They met in law school[7] and have two children, Katie and Daniel Apol.[7]


  1. ^ "Catherine Novelli". U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Catherine A. Novelli". U.S. Department of State. April 22, 2014. Archived from the original on March 18, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". The White House. September 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Novelli nomination to be Undersecretary of State confirmed by voice vote". February 12, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". The White House. September 16, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "PN844 — Catherine Ann Novelli — European Bank for Reconstruction and Development". United States Congress. September 16, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Spirit of the Law". Wheaton College. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Hormats
Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment